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What is it like to have
Freedom in Christ?
2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) Therefore, if
anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The
old has passed away; behold, the new has
In Christ, I am accepted
In Christ, I am secure
In Christ, I am significant
Steps to Freedom in Christ
Step One
Counterfeit versus the Real
Colossians 2:8 See to it that no
one takes you captive by
philosophy and empty deceit,
according to human tradition,
according to the elemental spirits
of the world, and not according
to Christ. ESV
Step Two
Deception versus Truth
Psalm 139:23–24 (NLT) — 23
Search me, O God, and know my
heart; test me and know my
anxious thoughts. 24 Point out
anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of
everlasting life.
Step Three
Bitterness versus Forgiveness
Ephesians 4:31–32 (ESV) — 31
Let all bitterness and wrath and
anger and clamor and slander
be put away from you, along
with all malice. 32 Be kind to
one another, tenderhearted,
forgiving one another, as God
in Christ forgave you.
Step 4Rebellion Versus Submission
We live in rebellious times
Rights movements
Sit in movements
Unions against Corporation
Children against parents
Rebellion over those in authority
Submit to governing authorities
Pray for those in authority over us.
1 Timothy 2:1–2 (ESV) — 1 First of all, then, I urge that
supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings
be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in
high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet
life, godly and dignified in every way.
Submit to governing authorities
Romans 13:1–7 (ESV) — 1 Let every person be subject to the
governing authorities. For there is no authority except from
God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
Rebelling against God and His authorities
leaves us spiritually vulnerable.
Is there ever a time when we can rebel without sin?
Is there a difference between rebellion and disobedience?
Disobey when it requires you to do something morally
Disobey when attempting to rule outside the realm of their
Examples today of living
outside their authority
Law requiring people to live in violation to
God’s Word
God has set up specific lines of authority
to protect us and give order in society.
Without governing authorities every
society would be chaos.
Ways that we rebel and need to
confess our sin
Civil government
Parents, stepparents, legal guardians
Teachers, coaches, school officials
Employers, past and present
Husbands or wife
Church Leaders
Story of King Saul
Rebellion will destroy us.
Are you rebellious against God?
Are you rebellious against God’s authorities?
Are you submissive to God’s direction and leadership?
Ultimate submission is to Jesus Christ, the king of
Kings and Lord of lords.

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